IPM Community Beautification Contest
Show your community pride to the 80,000+ people who will be visiting West Nipissing this September for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM).
Decorate your home and business today and join us in welcoming people to this important event.
• A property can be entered in One Category only (Rural Homes, Urban Homes, Businesses or Neighbouring Communities)
• One entry per property
• Submit your completed registration form and photo no later than September 1st, 2019
• Bonus Points will be awarded for use of scarecrows, flag lines and flowering cabbage
• Entry fee is $20.00, payable at time of registration (make cheques payable to IPM 2019)
• Judging will be based on 5”x7” photos that need to be clearly marked on the back with Category, Entrant’s Name, Mailing Address, Municipality, Telephone Number and Email Address
• Judges may swing by to take a firsthand look at entries but don’t have to go on the property – this will be done for the top 3 entries in each category
• Decisions of the judges are final
Prizes for First, Second and Third in each category will be awarded during a special event at Le Fromage (10444 Highway 17, Verner) on September 12, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Top three photos from each category will be displayed at the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (Sept. 17-21 in Verner).
Registration forms and contest rules can be downloaded here.
They’re also available at:
Sturgeon Falls – Municipality, West Nipissing Information Centre
Verner – Verner Arena, Le Fromage
Field – Riverview Market
Noelville – Esso station
Warren – Bob’s Auto Body & General Repair
Extra points will be awarded for your use of IPM Welcome Posts and Flag Lines, as well as Flowing Cabbage and Scarecrows. The use of IPM colours – purple and green – also garner extra points.
In addition to the Beautification Contest, a People’s Choice Award will be presented for the Most Creative Scarecrow. Please send a completed registration form, noting it’s your entry is for the People’s Choice Award, no later than Sept. 1. People will cast their vote for the most creative scarecrow during the IPM, inside the Lifestyles Tent.
BEAUTIFY YOUR COMMUNITY!
Let’s work together to look our best for the 80,000 visitors who will be in West Nipissing for the 2019 IPM!
Scarecrows, scarecrows everywhere! The scarecrow is a key theme for the 2019 IPM. From our event mascot to being featured in a special colouring book, you are sure to see scarecrows at every turn! We encourage you to create something unique with your family, friends and co-workers that can then be used to decorate your property.
Ornamental cabbage? Yes, it’s really a thing! And we’ve decided to make this beautiful, colorful, cold season plant the focus of our gardens and floral décor for a truly Northern IPM. Help show your support by incorporating a few (or a lot) of these gorgeous white and purple flowering botanicals into your landscaping and gardening plans for 2019.
Get your Flag Lines! Green and purple fabric triangle flag lines are being hand cut and sewn by local volunteers and will be sold at various locations throughout West Nipissing. These decorative flag lines are comparable to the flag type banners or garlands that are often hung as decorations for birthday parties. Be sure to purchase yours to decorate your home or business and help us show visitors that our community has come together in support of the IPM!
Flag lines cost $15 each. They’re made from broadcloth material and are double-sided. Colours may vary.
Available for sale at:
Sturgeon Falls – Michaud & Levesque, Stop & Shop, Nipissing Food and Bins
Verner – Au Coin, Le Fromage
Field – Riverview Market
Noelville – Esso
Quantities are limited.
For more information, contact the Beautification committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-753-6958.
A Trail of Painted Quilts! This project brings quilters, painters and farmers together. Barn quilts consist of painted aluminum signs that are framed together to create 8×8 painted quilts which are then mounted on local barns throughout the community, thus creating a scenic trail for visitors to follow. Our goal is to have our trail featured on http://www.barnquilttrails.ca/ which is a great way to continue a long standing IPM tradition and help drive tourism to West Nipissing.
Community History on Display! A group of volunteers in each town within West Nipissing will create a scarecrow-based display that showcases the history and unique makeup of their community. For example, Verner’s display will feature scarecrows that are using old farm equipment while Field’s scarecrows will be staged as loggers. If you are interested in getting involved in creating your community’s display, please contact the Beautification committee at email@example.com or 705-753-6958.
Get your IPM Welcome Posts!
Let the 80,000+ visitors to West Nipissing know they’re welcome when they arrive for IPM 2019.
Decorate your garden, porch, driveway and/or scarecrow display with these beautiful welcome posts.
Each one is hand-painted, with greetings in three languages – English, French and Ojibwe.
Cost: $15 each
Available at the Verner Arena (80 Principale Street East) and the West Nipissing Information Centre in Sturgeon Falls (30 Front Street).